Looking Ahead…..

Welcome to our weekly look at what I hope to watch this week.  This is no ordinary week though as it will be dominated by the release of The Dark Knight Rises which I have already got my tickets for.  As part of the build up I plan to watch both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight which my local Hoyts are screening on Wednesday night.  Looking forward to that very much.  Outside of the Caped Crusader I also hope to get in a couple of others as well.  So here is what I hope to be watching this week:-

Batman Begins

 

The Dark Knight

 

The Dark Knight Rises

 

The Artist

 

What about you guys?  How’s your week looking?

Cheers

Will

The Week That Was 9 -16 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   A good week during which I ticked off six films, including two that I have been meaning to watch for weeks.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see The Amazing Spider-Man, Ted and Kill List. A small but select list as I had been planning on heading to Sydney this weekend, which wouldn’t have left much time for films. However illness go the better of me so I was confined to the couch here in Canberra for most of the weekend.  So how did I do, well pretty good I think.  The week started off well with screenings of The Amazing Spider-Man and Ted with another four films from the couch.  A total of six and all first timers.  One of my best weeks for a while.

So here is the tale of the tape this week, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

The Amazing Spider-Man – This is more a story of Peter Parker rather than Spider-Man.  It is true origin story and digs deep into Parker’s journey from high school geek to web-slinging hero.  The film is clearly in two parts: the first hour origin, the second action. I preferred the first, but the second was still lots of fun.  Watch It.

Ted – I was slightly underwhelmed by Ted, but I was clearly in the minority in the packed screening that I saw it in.  There were some great one liners and the CG is very good, so much so that you forget that Ted is actually a bear, but I couldn’t help but feel let down by the ending.  It just made the whole film feel pointless.  It is still worth a watch though.  Watch It.

Couch Screenings

Headhunters – Another great thriller out of Scandinavia, this time from Norway.  A smart, intelligent and highly engaging ride, that is set for a US remake.  Watch it before they do.  Highly Recommended.

The Double –  Dear oh dear.  A truly run of the mill Washington political thriller about Russian spies infiltrating the US. Completely generic.  Might have well just watched Salt again.   Skip It.

The Castle – Classic late 90s Australian satire of a Melbourne family fighting to keep their home from an ever expanding airport.  A great comedy, though with a strong Aussie slant, but still accessible enough for everyone to watch.  Highly Recommended.

Hugo – Can’t believe I waited so long to watch this wonderful ode to early cinema.  Simply glorious, one of the finest films I have seen in a long time.  All Time Classic

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – Almost got through to the end of season two.  Still very impressed and hopelessly hooked.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 25
Couch Screenings – 34
 
Total (new films) – 59
 
Re-watches – 21
 
2012 Total film count – 80
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will

Batman Begins….

And so it begins.  Tickets are booked; we’re ready to go.

As most cinemas are doing my local Hoyts is running all three Nolan Batman films back to back next Wednesday night, culminating in the Dark Knight Rises at 1201 on Thursday morning.  In theory this sounds like a fantastic triple bill, but sadly it is not really compatible with work and a small family.  Therefore I have plumped with watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on Wednesday night on the big screen before heading home for some sleep, then work and self-imposed internet black out before returning for the 1730 showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Thursday.

What about you guys, what are your Batman plans?

Looking Ahead….

Welcome to our regular (but slightly late this week) look at what films I hope to be watching this week.  I will need to get going early this week as we are off to Sydney at the weekend which means Friday and Saturday nights are out.  Therefore I have restricted myself to only three flicks this week, which are:-

The Amazing Spiderman

 

Ted

 

Kill List

 

So how about you guys, how’s your week looking?

Cheers

Will

 

 

The Week That Was 2 July – 8 July

So here we are at the end of another week and it is time to take a look back at what I have watched over the last 7 days.   Another reasonable week with 5 films ticked off but with only one trip to the cinema, however that was to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift with the family, so not sure if that even counts.

On last Monday’s “Looking Ahead” I had planned to see Lockout, Ted, The Grey and Aliens.  So how did I do, well not too bad. I got in five films, but again not quite what I planned.   In fact the only one I actually watched on the list was The Grey.  Not quite sure what happened this week, just a case of bad planning on my part I guess.  However out of the five I did watch, three have made it onto my list of favourite films of 2012 (quick hint – one of them wasn’t Ice Age 4).

So here is the tale of the tape this week, as always you can check out my full 2012 watch list here:-

Cinema Screenings

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift –  I have not seen the previous Ice Age films but in reality that wasn’t really an issue.  We took our two little people (aged 2 and 5) to watch this and both had a good time.  The majority of the adults (including my wife) took the opportunity to grab a quick nap.  Pretty standard fare for Dreamworks these days, especially compared to last week’s Brave.  Watch it (with kids).

Couch Screenings

Like Crazy –  Second time round for this tale of transatlantic love which confirmed my origianl thought that this is one of the best films this year.  Highly Recommended.

Bright Lights Big City – A spur of the moment decision on instant watch.  I had fond memories of this late 80’s tale of a young writer (Michael J Fox) caught up in a world of cocaine, night clubs and parties whilst trying to come to terms with the death of his mother and a failed marriage.  After about 15 mins I found myself trying to remember what my fond memories were based on, as time clearly has not been kind. Michael J Fox now seems horribly miscast and gigantic plot holes seemed to have suddenly materialised. Kiefer Sutherland however remains good value.  All in all good for a quick trip down memory lane, but not much more.  Skip it.

The Grey – So much more than the Jaws with Paws that I was expecting.  A simply astonishing film of survival, hope and belief all set to a stunning backdrop that is a character in itself.  Liam Neeson’s understated performance ranks as on of the best of the year and not a kidnapping in sight. Highly Recommended.

Carnage – Hands down the funniest film I have seen in some time.  A short, sharp and truly dark comedy.  Polanksi back to his best.  Check out the full review here.  Highly Recommended.

TV Shows

Breaking Bad – Started up on season two.  Very pleased to see that seasons 2–4 are all 13 episodes of meth induced goodness, compared to the paltry seven from season one.

2012 Score Sheet

Cinema Screenings – 23
Couch Screenings – 30
 
Total (new films) – 53
 
Re-watches – 21
 
2012 Total film count – 74
 
How about you guys, how’s your week been?

Cheers,

Will